Volunteer Service Opportunities

According to America First bylaws, three members will be elected to three-year
terms on our Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting on April 19, 2022.
Incumbent volunteers are Barney Chapman, Kenlon Reeve, and Michael Roden.

Those interested in becoming Directors must have membership in good
standing, be 18 years or older, bondable, free from conflicts of interest, and
available for meetings. Apply at americafirst.com/volunteers and include a
statement of qualification (limited to 150 words) by 5 p.m. on January 8, 2022.

Nominations by petition are accepted and must be signed by at least 500
members. Qualification statements with 150-word limits, biographical data,
and signed certificates stating they are agreeable to nomination and will serve
if elected are required. Such petitions must be received by 5 p.m. on February
28, 2022. Balloting will not be conducted if there is one nominee for each open
position. Nominations from the floor are not accepted.

America First Credit Union surprises Corner Canyon student with $3,300 for Food Drive Challenge

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America First Credit Union presents check to Isabel Crofts and Corner Canyon High School athletics for Food Drive Challenge during 6A semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday, November 12.

Salt Lake City – Nov. 18, 2021 – While presenting Corner Canyon High School student Isabel Crofts with a scholarship in August, America First Credit Union’s Chief Strategic Engagement Officer Tammy Gallegos challenged the scholarship-recipient to collect 1,000 pounds of food for the Utah Food Bank—a nonprofit Crofts volunteers with regularly. Gallegos said that if this goal was met, the credit union would donate $1,000 to Corner Canyon High School’s athletic program.

Crofts, a 3.96 grade point average student-athlete at the Draper school, not only met the challenge but exceeded the goal by an additional 2,000 pounds. During Friday afternoon’s 6A semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium where Corner Canyon defeated Weber High School, America First surprised Crofts with a check for $3,304 to match dollar-for-pound the food collected by the multi-sport athlete.

Crofts, who plays volleyball, basketball and track & field for Corner Canyon, is a part of the Humanitarian African Relief Team and donates her time at the Utah Food Bank. All her work in the classroom, on the court and in the community resulted in her being named the scholar athlete of the week by America First Credit Union, KJZZ and KMYU in August.
In addition to the food donated by Crofts, America First Credit Union donated more than $32,000 to the Utah Food Bank during their annual food drive which concluded at the end of October. The not-for-profit credit union collected more than $17,000 from community donations and donated an additional $15,000 to reach the total donation amount.
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“It’s a super passionate thing for me because there are people out there who are not as blessed and to go without food is hard,” said Isabel Crofts. “I just turned to my teammates and my administration at Corner Canyon, and we were able to come together and raise food for those in need so they could have a great winter. Our school really rose to this challenge. I was super proud of them and I am just grateful for everyone that helped out from my teammates, my coaches and student body.”
“I was so proud to hear that Isabel not only met the challenge I gave her but exceeded it,” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer at America First Credit Union. “Knowing that she exceeded her goal, we wanted to increase our donation to Corner Canyon’s athletics department to meet what she was able to give to the Utah Food Bank. As a credit union, we are always looking for ways to acknowledge and reward people helping people within our community.”

“From day one Isabel has been a dream member of the Corner Canyon community,” said Corner Canyon High School Athletic Director Patrick Thurman. “She has been involved with athletics, attends events to support the other students and has been an incredible student. She did all of the work to organize the food drive, where she showed her leadership skills and dedication to helping others.”

“The credit union is focused on the philosophy of people helping people,” said Nicole Cypers, America First’s VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations. “With our member contributions and the food contributions from Corner Canyon, we were able to collect enough to equate to over 113,000 meals which would feed 26 families of four for an entire year. It was a huge contribution and helped make the food drive a success.”

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union Attains No. 1 SBA Ranking in Utah District

SALT LAKE CITY – Nov. 10, 2021 – For the second consecutive year, America First Credit Union has attained the No. 1 SBA lender ranking in dollars lent by assisting more than 68 small businesses throughout the Utah District during the 2021 federal fiscal year. With a total of more than $52 million in 7(a) loans distributed within the Utah District, America First Credit Union surpassed its 2020 total of more than $35 million in loans disbursed.

“We’re thankful for all the small-business owners who have put their trust in our credit union,” said America First president/CEO Thayne Shaffer. “We have a wonderful team, who we are extremely grateful for, who helped the credit union achieve this ranking. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and we will continue to deliver top member service and financial solutions for small businesses.”

With a maximum loan amount of $5 million, the 7(a) Loan Program — which is SBA’s most common loan program according to their website — includes financial help for small businesses and is a good option when real estate is part of a business purchase; for short- and long-term working capital; refinancing current business debt; or purchasing furniture, fixtures and supplies.

America First Credit Union has also made significant advancement in rankings in its other states where it operates, including Arizona, Nevada and Idaho where they are ranked 18th, 7th and 21st respectively.

Small businesses that are interested in learning more about small-business lending from America First Credit Union can learn more here.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union Reveals First Corporate Partnership in Reno Market

Cardholders will receive priority lines of entry to UNR men’s basketball games at Lawlor

RENO, Nev. – November 8, 2021 – America First Credit Union (AFCU) continues its record of growing sports partnerships to build its brand with its latest long-term deal with University Nevada Reno (UNR) Athletics Wolf Pack Sports Properties.

As part of this multiyear partnership, AFCU will provide valuable resources to the community by providing a priority entrance to men’s basketball at Lawlor Events Center, a 12,000-seat, multipurpose arena; as well as a donation drive for every men’s basketball free throw made by UNR during home games throughout the regular season and championships to benefit “Swish for a Wish.” The credit union expects to raise $10,000 for Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, which will be donated at the end of the year.

Furthermore, AFCU will receive sponsorship assets each year for football, men’s basketball (which begins Nov. 9), women’s volleyball, and softball, allowing the credit union to connect with vital constituencies such as employees, members and prospects.

For AFCU cardholders who are Wolf Pack fans, the collaboration includes a UNR Athletics Picture Perfect card design, as well as high visibility signage in the football stadium and basketball arena.
“Northern Nevadans support UNR in a tremendous way and this allows us to connect with a passion point of the community,” said AFCU president and CEO Thayne Shaffer, who was born in Elko and grew up in Sparks, Lovelock, Fernley, Lovelock, Wells and Carlin. “Through this partnership, we are able to help children with life-threatening medical illnesses get their wishes granted while simultaneously providing perks for our members. We are overjoyed to be able to build a presence in Reno and make connections with the local community.”
“We are thrilled to partner with America First Credit Union, and look forward to all of the great benefits this partnership will bring to our Wolf Pack community,” said UNR director of athletics Doug Knuth. “This partnership will greatly benefit our great fans and community, and continue to build the bright future of Nevada Athletics.”

The deal began in September when the Wolf Pack began playing home games at Mackay Stadium, which has a 30,000-seat capacity, for the 2021 college football season. This expands AFCU’s brand footprint in Nevada, having previously partnered with the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aviators, Las Vegas Lights FC, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Athletics Department.

Editor’s Note: For more photos, CLICK HERE.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and is on a quest to bring every eligible local child’s wish to life. Research has shown that a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/canv.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Jennifer López
R&R Partners
702.318.4203
jennifer.lopez@rrpartners.com

Nominations Sought for Vegas Golden Knights, America First Credit Union Game-Changer Program Award for Educators

Call for Nominations for $1,000 Classroom Grant, Two Complimentary VGK Tickets

Winners of the America First Credit Union and Vegas Golden Nights Game-Changer award program gather at Citi National Arena, the Knight’s practice facility in Summerlin, on April 5, 2021 after a celebratory luncheon in their honor.

LAS VEGAS – November 2, 2021 – Clark County School District teachers can earn a $1,000 classroom grant and two complimentary Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) tickets thanks to America First Credit Union (AFCU) who is teaming up the Knights.

The AFCU-sponsored VGK Game-Changer Program honors and celebrates Clark County teachers who go above and beyond in their classrooms. This season, four honorees will be recognized at a VGK home game in the Fortress and will receive $1,000 to improve their classroom.

In November, the first winner will be announced. The “game-changer” award will be presented every month until March 2022. Nominations for teachers are accepted until February 11, 2022. Representatives from AFCU will choose the winners. The nomination form may be obtained at goldenknights.com/community/teacherappreciation.

Last season’s four winners were selected from over 400 nominations. Melissa Finnan of Grant Sawyer Middle School, Stacye Tesh of Bozarth Elementary School, Shane Goffstein of Wayne Tanaka Elementary School, and Sasha Jones of Jerome Mack Middle School are among the recipients.

Editor’s Note: For more information and photos of all the 2021 Game Changer Teachers, CLICK HERE.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Jennifer López
R&R Partners
702.318.4203
jennifer.lopez@rrpartners.com

Proposed IRS Reporting Requirements

The Biden Administration is proposing that all financial institutions be required to report annual information returns to the IRS on the inflows and outflows of all business and personal accounts totaling over $600 in a given year.  If this passes, America First would be required to comply.  The credit union is opposed to this, and we are currently working with our Congressmen and Senators in Washington to express our concerns.

“We don’t trust anyone with our members’ sensitive information”, said Thayne Shaffer, president and chief executive officer at America First Credit Union.  “America First is opposed to being compelled to act as an enforcement arm of the IRS.  Our credit union, board leadership, and industry representatives are acting in the best interest of our members and have communicated this clearly and directly with our elected officials.”

The reconciliation bill has not been finalized and there is discussion of changing the initial proposal of $600 to $10,000.  Changing the dollar amount is not the answer.  This proposal of reporting is a major concern for consumer privacy and must be excluded in its entirety from the Build Back Better Act (BBBA).

Please visit the CUNA Grassroots Action Center for information on how you can contact your Federal Delegation.

First-Ever Credit Card Supporting Startups To Roll Out at Silicon Slopes Summit

America First Credit Union credit card allows customers to support startup tech companies

SALT LAKE CITY – October 12, 2021 – America First Credit Union is offering a groundbreaking approach to empowering entrepreneurs. Members are now able to support startup local technology companies and innovators with the Silicon Slopes Visa® credit card, which will be rolled out at the upcoming Silicon Slopes Summit Oct. 13 and 14 in Salt Lake City.

“The first-of-its-kind credit card is a unique way for members to contribute to the local community,” said Thayne Shaffer, president and CEO of America First Credit Union. “With the Silicon Slopes Startup Alliance Fund, we hope to empower entrepreneurs in the tech and startup communities here in Utah. We’re excited to be able to help this growing and thriving community right here in our backyard.”

In addition to giving cash back to its customers for purchases, the credit card also helps members contribute to Utah’s startup and tech community. Users get a 1% cash back on every purchase, and America First will contribute an additional 0.5% of each purchase to the Silicon Slopes Startup Alliance Fund. In addition, 100% of the credit card’s $50 annual fee will be contributed to the fund, helping expand tech opportunities across the state of Utah.

Each of these contributions provide funding to the entire local tech community with cash back to the consumers and contributions to the startup community. Funds contributed to the Silicon Slopes Startup Alliance Fund will be distributed annually and will enable entrepreneurs to pursue their innovative goals. Interested entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of Silicon Slopes and America First Credit Union judges to be awarded from the fund. Details about the distribution of the fund will be announced down the line.

Benefits offered by the Silicon Slopes Visa® credit card include:

  • Card Guard® mobile security
  • Identity theft recovery services
  • EMV chip technology
  • Travel and accident insurance
  • Global acceptance

Silicon Slopes Summit attendees can learn more about the card by visiting America First Credit Union’s booth and can enter to win two $500 gift cards.

Find more information or sign up for this unique credit card here.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union Selected as Exclusive Corporate Partner of the Utah Jazz

America First Credit Union Selected as Exclusive Corporate Partner of the Utah Jazz

 
America First to Offer an Exclusive Co-Branded Debit Card, Focus on Small Business Showcase, Junior Jazz Youth Program, and a Combined Community Initiative Program in its Sponsorship
 
Utah Jazz & America First Credit Union signingSALT LAKE CITY (October 11, 2021) – The Utah Jazz and America First Credit Union announced today an exclusive, multi-year partnership, naming America First as the Official Credit Union of the Utah Jazz. The largest credit union in Utah, America First has been selected by the Jazz as the only corporate partner in its consumer category.

“The Jazz are thrilled to be aligned exclusively with America First Credit Union due to its long-standing presence in our state, its sense of service to the community through countless charitable endeavors, and its desire to help people achieve their dreams,” said Jazz President Jim Olson. “These admirable qualities are what we jointly strive for in our organizations in hopes of making a difference in people’s lives.”

“We’re elated to expand our involvement with the Jazz and provide value to our members and enhance our communities through this partnership,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First President and CEO. “We’ll continue to invest in our community and organizations that support and assist those in our community to power forward on their financial journey.”

America First Union Credit, which has been affiliated with the Jazz since 1985, will have an expanded relationship with the franchise, including digital and traditional branding at Vivint Arena, activations during Jazz games, affiliations with the NBA G League Salt Lake City Stars and other sporting events. The two organizations will also work together on various community outreach initiatives throughout the state of Utah.

America First will continue to welcome guests into the home of the Utah Jazz with signage in the grand entryway, atrium, box office, and porch area overlooking the court. A co-branded debit card will provide member benefits, including discounted tickets, concessions, merchandise, and special access to events. Whether buying tickets for a Jazz game, gear at the Utah Jazz Team Store, or favorite game time food and beverage, this card will be a fast and secure way to make a payment.

America First will continue as a presenting sponsor of Junior Jazz, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 participants as well as supporting the Jazz Youth Camps & Clinics program. America First will also team up with the Jazz to expand its Small Business Showcase with financial and marketing support.

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ABOUT THE UTAH JAZZ

Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the second-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won nine division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 17 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 60,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across six states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.

ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credits unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union membership in America with more than 1.2 million members. Learn more at www.americafirst.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Frank Zang
Utah Jazz
801.325.2570
frank.zang@utahjazz.com

#AFCUJazz #TakeNote

Celebrating Those Who Lift Our Communities

Thayne Shaffer
Thayne Schaffer – President/CEO
By Thayne Shaffer, President and Chief Executive Officer

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an event sponsored jointly by America First and the Las Vegas Raiders at the stunning new Allegiant Stadium. The gathering was held to recognize the finalists in the inaugural Raiders Small Business Showcase Presented by America First Credit Union, which highlights outstanding contributions to our communities by small businesses.

Over the course of the evening, I was able to speak with many impressive small business owners and see the sizable and varied impact they have on their communities. This year’s grand-prize winner was Felicia Parker, the owner of Any Occasion Baskets. Despite abruptly losing a majority of her business when the pandemic struck, Felicia and Any Occasion Baskets decided to utilize the business to buoy others where they could and give back to the community and people they serve. During the interruption, Felicia began providing gift baskets to first responders, healthcare providers, and other front-line workers who were laboring under intense pressure to help others make it through the crisis. I was profoundly touched by her story and thrilled to be a part of honoring her efforts.

As the showcase’s winner, Felicia and her business were awarded a single-season sponsorship with the Raiders worth more than $100,000, which includes signage inside Allegiant Stadium during Raiders home games, professionally produced radio spots, and digital promotions across Raiders.com and the Raiders mobile app. I’m proud of America First’s support of small businesses and appreciate working with a partner as influential as the Las Vegas Raiders to help showcase these small but integral organizations.

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and I couldn’t let it pass without taking the chance to recognize and celebrate the female entrepreneurs and women-owned and -led businesses that are such a vital part of our economy and communities. At the heart of just about every thriving community in our country, you’ll find at least two essential elements: strong women and strong small businesses. So many of the women who own and operate small businesses share their passion, perspectives, and leadership, and as they do, they elevate everyone and everything around them to greater heights and new opportunities.

When I started working at America First in 1987, only 22% of small businesses in the United States were owned by women. However, in the 34 years since, that number has nearly doubled, and the rate at which women are starting new businesses is twice that of the national average of all businesses being started.

I hope that during this month and beyond, you’ll join me in supporting women’s small businesses. One of the best ways you can do that is by buying the products and services those businesses offer and then sharing your positive experience with others, especially through your favorite social media platforms. And if you own, operate, or are thinking about starting a small business, our expert Business Services team would love to help you take advantage of the many great resources that are available to small and women-owned businesses. My sincerest thanks to all of the women who build and inspire our communities, and to each one of you for being a member of this wonderful union of families, neighbors, coworkers, businesses, and friends.

America First Credit Union and The Leonardo team up to provide free experience to members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Salt Lake City – July 21, 2021 – America First Credit Union and The Leonardo are teaming up to provide credit union members with a creative and innovative experience at the science, technology and art museum. The first Wednesday of every month will now be America First Credit Union Member Day, where credit union members can get free admission for themselves and up to 10 accompanying people.

“We’re excited to be able to provide our members with a great opportunity to experience creation and innovation through science, technology and art at the museum,” said Thayne Shaffer, America First Credit Union president and CEO. “We value every one of our members and want to show that appreciation through deals and discounts provided by great partners such as The Leonardo.”

Members who take advantage of this opportunity are able to explore current Leonardo exhibits such as Sorting Out Race, FLIGHT and more. The museum also has programs for kids of all ages and families, which include Leonardo Summer Camps and Girls Who Code.

“The Leonardo is thrilled to launch this new partnership with America First Credit Union and extend free admissions to AFCU card holders on the first Wednesday of each month. Our mission is to inspire creativity and innovation in visitors of all ages and we’re so excited that America First shares our vision for building and activating learning experiences in our community!”

America First Credit Union members can find more deals and discounts on the credit union’s website.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $15.9 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801.913.9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com